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Michael Busch
Michael Busch is Program Coordinator at the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at The City College of New York, where he teaches in the departments of political science, international studies and the master’s program in international relations. In addition, he serves as Research Associate at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies and is Opinions Editor at Warscapes magazine. He blogs regularly at

Entries by Michael Busch

Davos Syndrome at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Thomas Campbell -- director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- arrived in Davos last week with an unambiguous message for the World Economic Forum. In discussions about "Reshaping the World," the theme of this year's gathering of the world's rich and powerful, Campbell argued that culture and...

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Modernism Unmoored

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 5:02 PM

American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe, is a show in search of a purpose. The exhibit, which opened at the Museum of Modern Art last week and runs through January 2014, gathers together some 115 paintings, photographs and sculptural works by American artists between 1915 and 1950, a year...

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Dead Ball at the Met

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 3:31 PM

Tucked away in the furthest reaches of its American wing, the Metropolitan Museum currently has a nifty little show on view. "Legends of the Dead Ball Era," an exhibit of early-issue baseball cards, quietly opened in July as part of a wider push to celebrate this year's All...

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Electoral Violence in Mexico: It's the Institutions, Stupid

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Last weekend, Mexicans went to the polls nationwide to elect local and state representatives. The elections were the first to be held since December when Enrique Peña Nieto won a hotly contested presidential contest that restored power to his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) -- which once ruled Mexico with an...

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Irregular Army: A Conversation With Matt Kennard

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 12:20 PM

This past March marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a decade of fighting, which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, destroyed an entire country, and destabilized the broader Middle East. As journalist Matt Kennard argues in his new book, Irregular Army, the war in...

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Drug War Mexico: A Conversation With Peter Watt (Part Two)

(8) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 10:01 AM

I recently spoke with, Peter Watt, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield, and co-author of a new study examining Mexico's disastrous fight against narcotrafficking, Drug War Mexico. We discussed the origins and development of the Mexican drug trade, the intersections between neoliberal economic...

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Drug War Mexico: A Conversation With Peter Watt (Part One)

(7) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:20 AM

The past decade has not been kind to Mexico. Since officially transitioning from one-party rule in 2000, the country has witnessed the perverse effects of neoliberal economic policies, the striking rise in power of locally based drug traffickers, state-sponsored violence that has left tens of thousands dead and countless others...

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Why Nations Fail: The Sachs Attack

(4) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 6:14 PM

This fall, I assigned Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson's Why Nations Fail as part of my international political economy course, and so I've been reading this massive study in preparation for our upcoming seminars on it. I was tickled, then, to notice Jeff Sachs' review of...

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Keeping Faith With the Kids: An Interview With Jonathan Kozol

(6) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 4:41 PM

For nearly 50 years, Jonathan Kozol has documented the landscape of impoverished America. Since the appearance of his landmark memoir Death at an Early Age, which detailed his experiences as a teacher in the Boston public school system, Kozol has produced perhaps the most influential body of work illustrating...

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Changing the Drugs Debate in Mexico

(22) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 10:03 AM

Amidst ongoing controversy surrounding the results of last Sunday's presidential election in Mexico, the declared winner of the contest, Enrique Peña Nieto, is unambiguously organizing to take over the government come December. The election was marked by claims of fraud, irregularities, and manipulation by the major media in favor of...

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Occupy Warzones

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 2:05 PM

In an astonishing act of civil disobedience, local residents of Toribio, a small town in southwest Colombia, demanded that government forces fighting the rebel FARC go home -- and destroyed their fortifications to underscore the point. The town has been witness to especially brutal violence in recent days...

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Moving Beyond the Mafia State

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 1:33 PM

Earlier this spring, Moisés Naím provocatively warned against an emerging menace facing our world today -- the advent of what he terms the "mafia state." Analyzing the role of transnational organized crime in the age of globalization has been Naím's bailiwick for some years now, and familiar readers...

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Corporate Power and International Trade

(10) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 5:33 PM

A leaked document posted at Public Citizen last night offers a stark reminder of the rising power transnational corporations enjoy in the domestic settings of nation-states where they do business. The Huffington Post's Zach Carter writes that "The newly leaked document is one of...

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